Trimble has introduced a software extension to ESRI’s ArcGIS software—Trimble GPS Analyst. Developed in collaboration with ESRI, the GPS Analyst extension allows mapping and GIS professionals to directly process GPS data inside the ArcGIS software environment. ArcGIS is an integrated framework of software for the creation, analysis, display and management of GIS data. The announcement was made at the 2004 ESRI International User Conference.
The GPS Analyst extension improves data accuracy and field-to-office workflow by tightly integrating GPS location data with the GIS database. With the extension’s ability to differentially correct GPS data directly inside ArcGIS, Trimble GPS Analyst can improve the accuracy of GPS positioning from 10 meters to 50 centimeters, depending on the GPS receiver and environment.
Productivity is improved because GPS data can be checked straight from the field into the GIS, eliminating unnecessary file conversions. And, since the GPS data is stored directly in the geodatabase, it can be overlaid and analyzed with the other GIS layers. In addition, the GPS Analyst extension is fully open, customizable and extendible using ArcObjects, allowing developers and customers to build workflow and applications that meet their specific needs. The Trimble GPS Analyst extension is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2004. It will be available to purchase from Trimble dealers and business partners, and from ESRI.